Gut Health

All disease begins in the gut HippocratesThe gut is the foundation of health. As our primary interface with the world, our gut receives and distributes a significant amount of immune, toxic and nutritional information, much of which dictates the health or disease of our bodies.

The lining of the intestines can be damaged by food sensitivities, alcohol, medications and dysbiosis (overgrowth of opportunistic bacteria).

Many people live with digestive issues thinking it’s normal to feel not that great most of the time. Common digestive complaints include bloating, nausea, burping, excessive flatulence, constipation, diarrhoea and gastric pain. Gastrointestinal distress is not normal and no way to live. It’s your body’s way of telling you that your gut isn’t functioning properly and needs attention.

The gastrointestinal microflora contains 10 times the number of micro-organisms than cells in the human body.

When the good bacteria outweigh the bad the benefits include:

Optimal immune function
Better gut motility and function
Improved digestion and nutrient absorption
Production of nutrients
Weight management

Soothe your brain, soothe your gut. When it comes to restoring optimal gut function, it is vital to address the gut-brain connection. An agitated brain can manifest itself in the gut with stress-induced gastrointestinal disorders.

Mental healthGut health is intrinsically linked with mental health. The gut is often called the second brain because over 95% of serotonin is made in the gut.


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